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Barn is a newer barn

By Kriss Nelson - Farm News editor | Nov 10, 2020

-Farm News photo by Kriss Nelson The Vaselaar family barn was built in 1959. It was the last of the buildings to be built on the family's new farm.

By KRISS NELSON

editor@farm-news.com

ASHTON – When it comes to barns, Dennis and Edna Vaselaar’s barn could be considered a newer barn when compared to most.

The barn was one of the last buildings that were built on the Vaselaar’s new farm in the 1950’s.

Dennis Vaselaar said his family had been living nearby when they began to build up a new farm where Dennis and Edna Vaselaar reside today.

Dennis Vaselaar’s father, David Vaselaar first built the corn crib.

“He built that overhead in 1954,” said Dennis Vaselaar. “That was the first building we built. That was enough to hold grain for a quarter section –5,000 bushels of ear corn could go in there and 4,500 bushels of shelled corn or soybeans could fit in there.”

Next to be built was the home in 1957 with the barn to follow in 1959.

“They just kept building,” said Edna Vaselaar. “There was nothing here when they started out.”

Dennis Vaselaar said his father chose a round roof design for the barn.

“It was a newer style for that time,” he said, adding it differentiated from the popular hip roof barns in the area.

Dennis Vaselaar said he can remember the barn begin built. The process took all summer.

“When the barn was being built, all of the cement for it was mixed with a hand mixer in the middle of the yard on the back of an 8N Ford,” he said. “I was just a little kid.”

The barn was originally built for the family’s cow-calf operation.

“That’s what we used it for – calving and feeding fat cattle,” he said.

That remained as the barn’s main purpose until the 1970’s when the Vaselaar’s started using the barn for pork production. The barn was last used for livestock until 1996 when they began raising pigs in confinements.

“You had to have a barn to raise cattle,” said Dennis Vaselaar. “Things were so different back then. Everything was on a smaller scale. It has changed so much over the years.”

Currently the barn is used for storing the family’s antiques.

The barn features a barn quilt that faces the east. Barn quilts is something that Edna Vaselaar adores.

“We had toured Sac County where they have lots of barn quilts,” she said. “I thought they were so cool, so, I started picking some out and I found one I really liked.”

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